Polk Legend L100 review: Higher performance than you’d expect from any bookshelf speaker

    Sound is like meals in that tastes can differ wildly. So take it with your individual explicit grain of seasoning once I say that I’ve not often heard bookshelf audio system I appreciated higher than Polk Audio’s Legend L100. There’s a specific purpose I like them, however I don’t need to spoil the shock (equivalent to it’s).

    Design and options

    The smallest audio system in a family that includes two floorstanding models, every L100 measures 13.64 x 7.78 x 11.29 inches (HxWxD) and weighs roughly 17 kilos. By my lights that’s stretching the definition of bookshelf kind issue only a mite. The uncommon depth is as a result of bass dispersion panel (the ribbed part within the picture under) that’s hooked up to the again of the speaker, spreading low-frequency waves emanating from the rear port.

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    On the rear of the Legend L100 you’ll discover a bass dispersion plate. What seems to be a gap is definitely the within of a cone that’s aimed immediately on the rear port to unfold bass to the edges. It works fairly properly.

    You’ll want tall and deep cabinets to suit the L100, however you’d be higher off putting them out within the open, the place the sound from the rear port can unfold out with out acoustical hindrance. Just sayin’.

    Each speaker homes a 5.25-inch woofer and a 1.0-inch tweeter. The woofer is dimpled in an uncommon sample that the corporate calls “turbine,” as a result of the sample resembles the blades of a fan. The tweeter is known as a “pinnacle ring radiator”. That is, there’s a tall (and sharp!) cone within the center that disperses waves in a 360-degree (vertically) cupped sample. 

    The L100 are 4-ohm (3- to 4-ohm, truly) audio system that can deal with as much as 160 watts per channel. Their gold-plated binding posts can accommodate banana plugs, spade connectors, or naked wire connections. Frequency response is rated at a considerably ludicrous 43Hz to 50kHz. Ludicrous as a result of solely very younger people can hear 20kHz, not to mention 50kHz. Indeed, as a matter after all, inaudible increased frequencies are filtered out as they will wreak havoc with the frequencies you’ll be able to truly hear. 

    To be trustworthy, although the L100 look good sufficient, their look didn’t shout “$1,200 speakers!” to me proper out of the field. That mentioned, I’m additionally not solely positive what $1,200 audio system ought to appear like. I don’t like ostentatious, although, and the L100 will slot in nearly any surroundings. They’re simply not dialog starters. At least not till you hearken to them.

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    The Legend L100 are good-looking, however not outstanding in look. 

    Upon mentioned listening, I did start to suspect I is perhaps capturing a tad low in my monetary estimates, which leads me to…


    The L100 sound very, excellent, though once more—the same old caveat about differing tastes. I used a NAD M10 streaming amplifier (rated to supply 100 watts steady into 4 ohms) to drive the audio system, and the consequence was distortion-free to my ears from barely audible to 100. The sound shade didn’t differ unduly with loudness, although there was what I prefer to name the traditional “graying” or lessening of obvious higher frequency copy at increased volumes, which is regular and varies by listener and surroundings. 

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